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Gen. Adolph Takes Over, 1942/01/07

Published 1942

"The cleverest anti-Nazi propaganda yet! You will howl with glee when you see and hear what our London newsreel friends have cooked up for Hitler and his goose-stepping armies. The 'Nasties' skip and sway in tune to the Lambeth Walk!" - humorous editing of German newsreels to make fun of Hitler and the Nazis. (partial newsreel)

Production Company Universal Studios
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: joeyneutrino - - February 20, 2013
Subject: To hingerty
I don't think the Nazi government allowed this to be shown to the German public. What I've read is that members of the Danish resistance would on occasion infiltrate cinemas with prints of this film and coerce the projection operators to show it. That's why there are folks who can remember seeing it inside Nazi territory. It wasn't condoned by the Nazi Party.
Reviewer: hingerty - - July 28, 2010
Subject: Freedom of Speech
I think its very telling that the Nazis allowed such parodies to be shown in germany. I have known former citizens of the Reich who remember this.
Reviewer: picfixer - - July 12, 2010
Subject: Nazi Chorus boys?
Brilliant! Bizarre! Hilarious! Should go viral!
Reviewer: 1&9s - - November 20, 2006
Subject: A bright moment in Dark Times.
How could the Nazis have thought that they could have won the war when we had people who could create
a piece as brilliant as this,it must have cheered many people in those dark times,it certainly cheered me!
Reviewer: ottomaton - - August 3, 2006
Subject: Re: Goebbles
Actually, I have read several places that he completely flipped out and started breaking stuff. Based on what I know about Goebbels, the man didn't particularly have a good sense of humor.
Reviewer: Unidyne - - February 24, 2006
Subject: Classic detournment
Clips from "Triumph of the Will" reworked into an anti-Nazi propaganda short, making Hitler and his cronies look like wind-up dolls. Yes, Hitler's propaganda chief, Josef Goebbels, got a chance to see this film in his private screening room. He reportedly left the screening, kicking chairs and screaming profanities. Worth a download.
Reviewer: Andrew Brodie - - September 12, 2005
Subject: Doing the Lambeth Walk
Funniest parody film I've seen about facist assininity since Chaplin's The Great Dictator and Mel Brook's History of the World.
Reviewer: toni409 - - July 28, 2005
Subject: Goebbles Guffaws
When the part with the Lambeth Walk was shown in Germany at a private screening for Goebbles, he couldn't help himself and started laughing. He thought it was hilarious.
Reviewer: rgs_uk - - June 11, 2005
Subject: The strange world of copyright
This is a perfect example of the strange world of copyright...

Made using material pinched from 'Triumph of the Will' by Leni Riefenstahl, BritishPathe has this item on its website with its copyright slapped on it.

Here the same material appears in a newsreel that was put into the public domain by Universal.

So my guess is, using it in any way in Britain, I would be breaking the copyright law?
on 5/20/2005